The Star. Toronto, Ontario Mayor David Miller has announced a project to prove that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can operate in an urban setting on a single charge for more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) with little need for gasoline.
During the first phase of the Toronto Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Pilot Project, 10 vehicles—eight Toyota Priuses, one Honda Civic Hybrid, and one Ford Escape Hybrid—will be converted and driven for a year under urban driving conditions. The plan is to expand the project in 2008 to as many as 200 vehicles, contingent on funding.
Car-sharing network AutoShare; green electricity retailer Bullfrog Power; Toronto Hydro; the University of Toronto; York University; architecture firm TAS Designbuild; and the Ontario ministries of transportation and environment are contributing vehicles to the project.
Hymotion, recently acquired by A123 Systems, will do the retrofits and install battery packs based on A123’s cells.